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Living Your Faith

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Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge. Romans 3:4


God is not a man that He would lie. If He has spoken something into your life, He will bring it to pass. David would have to wait years to be king even though he had received the promise. Psalm 145 reminds us:


The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. Psalm 145:15


And that ultimately is what is behind your wait; the proper time. We think we know the proper time, and usually we think it is now. God however sees all time. He knows the results of a promise delivered too early. He knows the results of a promise delivered too late. God is never early or late. He knows the proper time and we must accept as a matter of faith that He simply knows better than we do.


Usually once we know through faith that God will deliver that which He has promised, we have no problem speaking that faith. We know in our spirit and we speak from the confidence we have in God. There is a stark difference though in then exercising that faith and living in it. We claim the faith we have but walk around in defeat. We believe God will deliver but lament that He has not yet. We battle ourselves. In Psalm 42 however, the Psalmist gives us the prescription for dealing with our soul! The Psalmist declares that because his soul is downcast within him, he will remember God from the land of the Jordan to the heights of Hermon. The Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on the entire earth to this day. The heights of Hermon refer to highest mountain in Israel. What the Psalmist is saying is that because he is downcast in his soul, he will remember God at all times! From the lowest point he might reach in his wait to the highest point of success. He will not allow the unstable nature of his soul affect the faith he possesses in God almighty!


Speaking your faith is knowing but living your faith is showing. Speaking your faith shows that you understand but living your faith shows that you believe! Is this an easy prospect? No. God never said that things would be easy. In fact Jesus Himself said that in this world you would face tribulation but take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). It is through faith in Jesus that we can see beyond the situation to remember who is in control. He is in control from your lowest point to your greatest accomplishment. Let that faith pervade your soul and remind you in Whom you have believed!


This does not mean that we are machines, devoid of emotion. It means that when we experience emotions that directly contradict what God has spoken to us, then we are able to go to Him in prayer. We remember Him first above our emotions. We then are able to walk through life with our heads up when the world tells us we should be downcast and we are empowered to say no to the whispering of the enemy. When you don't get that promotion at work, you can still have the joy of the Lord! When your relationship is on pause, you can still walk in the peace of God! When you feel you have not found your true place in ministry yet, you can still serve with gladness! People will look at you and wonder how you can persevere with such a positive attitude and you will know it is because you remember the Lord at all times.


The book of Hebrews instructs us:


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